“Early the next morning Abraham saddled his donkey, took with him his son Isaac, and two of his servants as well, and with the wood that he had cut for the burnt offering, set out for the place of which God had told him.” (Genesis 22:3)
The obedience of Abraham challenges me. God told him to sacrifice the very thing that he had waited so long to receive — a son. He was told to sacrifice the son that God had given to him as a result of a promise. Amazingly, Abraham sets out “early the next morning” to do as he was instructed.
Abraham trusted in God’s faithfulness. While they were on their way, Abraham’s son asked him where the sheep to be sacrificed was. Even his son, the fulfilled promise, was a voice that could have influenced Abraham to turn back. Abraham could have held tightly to his son and tried to control the situation. However, Abraham told his son, “God himself will provide the sheep for the burnt offering.”
Abraham’s obedience stirs me to look at how I have handled the fulfilled promises that God has given me. Generally, my tendency has been to grip those promises with hands of containment and control. Often, this has led to more stress and anxiety as I try to guide every facet of that promise. This approach quickly becomes unfulfilling. It is at this point that God lovingly invites me to open my hands of control and surrender the promise back to His care and His leadership. It is then, in His guiding hands, that I enjoy the promise fulfilled as I see more of His faithfulness and not my own.
Today, may we all entrust more of our lives and fulfilled promises to God’s faithful guiding and provision.
Dr. Justin Sharp
Avera Medical Group Neonatology Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, S.D.